Another great day for LKR85 when RWM, brethren and friends took a wee boat trip on the Seagull Trust barges for a cowboy and indians themed charity day out. A few games, raffle and general mayhem saw us raise a fantastic £500 for our local charity. David Meiras the head honcho of The Seagull Trust Barge was very gracious in his praise when gratefully accepting the Lodge's generosity from rwm Bro. Kenneth McMaster. Thanks to all the volunteers who give their time to this most worthy cause. And grateful thanks to all who attended on the day and to those who donated to the raffle. More pics here.
Congratulations to our IPM Bro. Alan Banks on taking part in a 3rd degree at Polmont 793, worked by Past Masters of his mother Lodge, Polmont 793. Although not a past master of Polmont, as our IPM he was more than qualified to assist when asked. Chairing the degree was Bro. Alex Muir pm and was well received by the 117 brethren who signed the tyle.
Brethren from Kirknewton & Ratho 85, Kirkliston Maitland 482 and St Margaret 548 visited St Osyth's Priory Lodge 2063 English Constitution and all 14 took part in working a demonstration 1st Degree, which was very well received.
Back row left to right: Davy Watt WJW 85, John Anderson SM 548, Willie Reddington Treas 482, Richard Buffery DM 548, Les Duff DOC 482, Johnathon Hazelton SD 548, Bob Hawkings WJW 548, Jack McLeod HM 85, Murrie Thomson Sec 482, Alan Banks IPM 85.
Front row left to right: Glen Brown IPM 482, Kenny McMaster RWM 85, Gordon Yeoman RWM 482, Trevor Cronin RWM 548, Paul Giles WM 2063.
What do you do to celebrate 70 years in Freemasonry when the Brother is unable to attend his lodge ------ you take the lodge to him and on the 8th of March 2017 the Brethren of Lodge Kirknewton and Ratho did just that!
Brother George Tyler celebrated 70 years in Freemasonry on the 10th of January 2017 and now resides in the North Merchiston Care Home. As he is unable to travel we thought of going to the Care Home to celebrate with George. When the idea was raised with the Care Home they could have not been more supportive, indeed when the date was decided and the news leaked out, we had many request to be in attendance. Unfortunately the room available would only allow 25 members, at a push; therefore we had to be very strict on the numbers attending.
When the numbers of Ratho Brethren were decided, George’s other lodge, The Lodge of Light No. 1656, where he was a Founder Member and Master in 1995, were allocated places with the remainder going to Honorary Members of 85.
The Lodge was opened and several apologies were received, correspondence was in the form of a letter from our Grand Master Mason congratulating Brother Tyler on this great achievement.
A second degree was demonstrated with Honorary Member Brother John Anderson, SM 548 acting as candidate.
Thereafter our traditional Harmony took place with PM. Brother Bob Potter proposing the toast to our principal guest of the evening. (Read his toast here)
Brother Ian Brown Past Master, spoke on behalf of The Lodge of Light No. 1656 with a very obvious respect and friendship for Brother Tyler with many happy and humorous reflections of their time together in freemasonry.
Brother Gordon Yeoman, Right Worshipful Master of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland No. 482 then spoke on behalf of all Honorary Members present and as is Brother Yeoman’s gift, spoke with great humour and insight to the evening’s proceedings.
Brother George Tyler then responded, recalling many stories and events over his70 years in Freemasonry with sincerity and humour and when you consider he is 92 years of age, it could have been a man of half his age. He finished by saying “ We should do this again as I expect to live to 192, out living most of you”
I cannot speak too highly of the help and assistance I received from Mr John Tyler George’s son, for liaising with the care home and making sure George was well prepared. The staff from the Care Home for making our visit so special, providing tea and coffee, even having the door windows “Blacked out” for our arrival, obviously a masonic husband in the background somewhere.
On the evening a collection was taken which will result in £200 being donated to the Care Home Comfort Fund.
A great night was completed as I walked George back to his room, struggling into his jacket pocket he handed me an envelope, when I got home and opened it, it was a thank you card for his great night. The mark of the man and the mason.
Below is Bro. George Tyler receiving his distinguished Service Diploma from rwm Bro. Kenneth McMaster. More pics can be found in our photo page.
Last weekend saw the Ratho gala committee having their breakfast fair in the hall in advance of Santa touring the village in his sleigh. Santa certainly fills the big Chair. Wishing the village a very Merry Christmas from all at Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho 85.
Congratulations to Bro. Jimmy Stewart P.M. and Bro. Murrie Thomson P.M. Both of Lodge Kirkliston Maitland 482 on being made honorary members of Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho 85 last night, 11/11/16.
Both were honoured by R.W.M. Bro. Alan Banks who gave fitting remarks on the assistance both brethren had given to Lodge Kirknewton & Ratho 85 over the years. Bro. Jimmy for his ever present attendance and help not only in setting the hall up for Harmony but on the brethren of the Lodge always able to call on him to give us an auld Scots song at Harmony. Brother Jimmy also way back in 2008 conferred Honorary Membership on our RWM Bro. Alan Banks into Kirkliston Maitland 482.
Bro. Murrie Thomson was unaware that he was about to become an honorary member, but for his work during the close season to redesign and move the Lodge's website to a more accessible location, giving Lodge members the ability to update it easily and efficiently not only improves our social media presence, but ensures a pleasant experience to anyone visiting our website, Facebook page and twitter feeds. Bro. Murrie has also over the years been our chief "unofficial" photographer, having photographed many of our Installation programmes and indeed our 250th celebrations.
We welcome both as members of our Lodge and know this will help strengthen the already strong ties between our two Lodges.
Well our Halloween themed barge trip was a great success. The RWM would like to thank everyone who participated, not only on the day but to those that donated to the day with either money or raffle prizes. Of course the real success is the amount raised through donations, raffle, quizzes and fancy dress competitions which enabled the RWM to hand over a cheque to the tune of £535 for this most worthwhile cause, The Seagull Trust. Our sincere thanks to all The Seagull Trust volunteers who assisted on the day to make our trip so enjoyable.
On Friday 21st October 2016 the RWM accompanied by Bro. Murrie Thomson pm Lodge Kirkliston Maitland 482 (not his birth name according to his easyjet ticket) flew down to London to attend the installation of Bro. Hemal Wijesuriya at Lodge Freedom 5341 held within the premises of Grand Lodge of England, English constitution on Saturday 22nd. Just prior to the tyle it became apparent that they were short of office bearers and the intrepid duo from Scotland were asked to stand in as Junior and Senior Wardens. They duly carried out all duties required of them and were warmly praised and thanked towards the end of the meeting and during the sumptuous meal and Harmony board afterwards by both the newly installed RWM and visiting Senior Grand Lodge representative Bro. John P Smith. Our RWM then replied to the toast to the visitors and at the conclusion both he and Bro. Murrie joined the remaining brethren in a nearby hostelry to strengthen the bonds between our two constitutions. Both then endured the long journey home in 1st class on Virgin trains Sunday (other carriers are available). Our sincere thanks to Bro. Nick Millings pm, Bro. Robert Stevens pm and all the brethren from Lodge Freedom for their hospitality and friendship throughout.